Posted on June 14, 2023

School Scraps Racism Lesson Because It Makes White Students ‘Uncomfortable’

Sky Palma, Raw Story, June 13, 2023

A South Carolina school district halted classroom discussion of a book about racism after white students complained it made them “uncomfortable”, The State reported.

Chapin High School students were scheduled to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 memoir “Between the World and Me.” According to the lesson plan released by teacher Mary Wood, students were asked to describe Coates’ “primary statement regarding identity and your position about his argument,” and to describe their “understanding of systemic racism,” and if why or why don’t they think “racism is a pervasive problem in America.”

But the project was cut short after some students expressed discomfort with two short videos, “The Unequal Opportunity Race” and “Systemic Racism Explained,” that were played in class to prepare students for the book.

“Hearing (Wood’s) opinion and watching these videos made me feel uncomfortable,” one unidentified student wrote to a school board member. “I actually felt ashamed to be Caucasian… These videos portrayed an inaccurate description of life from past centuries that she is trying to resurface. {snip}”

“I was incredibly uncomfortable throughout both videos, and was in shock that she would do something illegal like that,” another student wrote {snip}

{snip} South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill meant to combat “critical race theory” in the state’s schools.